In my Jerusalem Post op-ed I noted, “Nobody pressures artists to perform in Israel. Over 300 international artists perform in Israel each year because they want to.”
In the Jewish Chronicle, UK, I expanded, “Artists play in Israel for the same reason they play everywhere else. Of course they want to be compensated for their work, but they also want to connect with their fans. They want to realize their unique ability to challenge us, make us think, bring us together, create a universality, and provide a bedrock for peace.”
These two points are echoed in an excellent article by Jessica Steinberg interviewing the people on the frontline, Israeli concert promoters, who are outspoken on their perspectives on the topic.